Writing Ethnograpy

New School for Social Research: Politics

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Writing Ethnography
Spring 2024
Taught By: Jessica Pisano
Section: A

CRN: 14642

Credits: 3

In this transnational seminar, students learn how to conduct and write up participant-observation research. The seminar addresses questions of both theory and practice, examining the contemporary practice of ethnographic research and writing across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including political and historical ethnography and memoir. The course contextualizes current approaches and debates in historical perspective, analyzing how contemporary ethnography departs from its colonial antecedents in both capitalist and state socialist contexts. We focus on ethical and practical questions in the practice of ethnographic research and writing, including accounting for positionality (how the ethnographer is situated in relation to the communities they study), implicit and explicit power relations, and questions of linguistic and cultural practices in the conduct and writing of ethnographic research. Students in the course will be expected to produce or propose a work of ethnography or auto-ethnography as their term project. The seminar will include participants from the New School for Social Research, Kharkiv Karazin University in Ukraine, and distinguished guests.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Politics (POL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:22am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 9:55am - 11:45am
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 913
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024